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  • National Board Certification

    Posted by Angela Reisler on 1/3/2018

    AACPS is currently recruiting candidates for National Board Certification. Register on MyAACPS-PD (ERO) for informational sessions at Carver.  For additional information regarding the NBC process and the application, check out https://intranet.aacps.org/Dept/HR/Pages/NBC.aspx Your completed application packet must reach Angela Reisler, NBCT, at the NBC Office/HR, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 no later than Friday, April 27, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. For questions, call 410-222-5082, or email areisler@aacps.org.

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  • HR Benefits

    Posted by Angela Barber on 11/20/2017

    Look for a Human Resources Bulletin this month with important information.  Employees may still review their benefit elections or print their enrollment summary here.  All CareFirst medical participants will receive a new card dated January 1, 2018, before the end of December.  We recommend that, once the new cards are received, previous medical ID cards should be discarded. 

    Remember, that if you added a dependent to your healthcare benefits, documentation (e.g. copy of birth certificate) is required and must be sent to HR/Benefits.  A new dependent will not be added for January 1, 2018, unless documentation is received by HR/Benefits.

    The County Executive has set aside a one-time Premium Assistance fund to ease the burden on eligible employees enrolled in the BlueChoice HMO or Triple Option medical plans.  Accordingly, the Board will use those funds to pay the employee premium share for all eligible employees participating in the BlueChoice HMO or the Triple Option medical plans beginning with the January 3, 2018, pay and lasting until the funds are exhausted.  Please note that the spousal surcharge will still apply.

    Employees covering a spouse in the BlueChoice HMO or Triple Option medical plans will incur a surcharge beginning on the January 3, 2018, pay, unless you went online during Open Enrollment to indicate you are exempt from the surcharge.  If you cover your spouse under the BlueChoice HMO or Triple Option medical plans and did not go on-line during Open Enrollment to complete the spouse certification, you will default to the spousal surcharge.  If you believe you are exempt from the surcharge and did not go on-line to certifiy the exemption, you must submit a Lifestyle Change form to HR/Benefits as soon as possible, otherwise the surcharge will continue to be applied.

    1095-C Forms

    AACPS will issue your 1095-C, if applicable, to your work location by January 31, 2018.  This form reflects your healthcare participation in 2017 and covered dependents.  You simply keep the form with your tax records.  Do not file it with your tax return. Any questions regarding the 1095-C should be addressed to HR/Benefits at 410-222-5221 or benefits@aacps.org.

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  • HR Payroll

    Posted by Kathy Orndorff on 11/17/2017

    ELECTRONIC W-2s

    EARLY ACCESS TO 2017 W-2

    If you elect to receive your W-2 in electronic format only by January 12, 2018, you will have early access to your W-2 through ESS (by mid-January) and avoid potential loss due to lost or misdirected mail.

    If you prefer to receive a hard-copy of your W-2, it will be mailed to you by January 31, 2018.  Please verify your name and address as they appear on  ESS to ensure accuracy of W-2 information.

    MAKE YOUR SELECTION

    Make your W-2 Delivery selection now through ESS on the View Tax Forms screen (My Info > My Compensation > View Tax Forms > W-2 Delivery Options), or by logging directly into the W-2 Delivery Options website.

    QUESTIONS?

    For ESS or the W-2 Delivery Options website, please contact the Help Desk at 410-222-5135.

    For specifics about your W-2, please contact Payroll at 410-222-5213, 5214, 5215, 5216, 5218 or 5220.

     

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  • Professional Development

    Posted by Angela Barber on 11/1/2017

    Information related to Spring 2018 Professional Development Workshops and college courses is accessible through the AACPS website.  The Spring 2018 Workshop Opportunities chart can be accessed here.  

    Registration on MyAACPS-PD (ERO) for spring workshops has begun.  Workshops start as early as January 22, 2018.  Please register on MYAACPS-PD as early as possible but no later than five days before the workshop start date.

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  • NEW! Supplemental Retirement annual limits increased for 2018

    Posted by Kathy Orndorff on 10/22/2017

    2018 Defined Contribution Plan Limits Increase

    In Notice 2017-64, the IRS highlighted Defined Contribution Plan limit adjustments taking effect on January 1, 2018, for 403(b) and most 457 plans.  In 2018, the maximum employee elective deferral amount increases to $18,500 – a $500 increase from 2017.  For participants ages 50 and over, the additional “catch-up” contribution limit will remain the same at $6,000. 

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  • Employee Self Service

    Posted by HR on 8/27/2017

    Human Resources provides access to paystubs for all active employees through our Employee Self Service (ESS) site. Go to ESS to view your paystub, W-2, as well as your pay details, deductions, leave, benefits, dependents, and other personal information. You can also update your address and contact information for ConnectED calls. To access the ESS system, go to https://ess.aacps.org and enter your network username (entered in lower case letters) and password. You must log out of the ESS system when you are done.  You should keep your password secure and not share it with anyone.

    Links to ESS Resources are available on the HR Intranet page. Just click on the Employee Self Service button. If you have questions about the data in ESS, call HR at 410-222-5061. If you have trouble accessing ESS or don’t know your username and password, contact the Help Desk at 410-222-5135 or Help-Desk@aacps.org

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  • HR Retirement

    Posted by Benefits on 1/1/2017

    If you are planning to retire by July 1, 2018, you should attend an AACPS Retirement Information Program and a Retirement Forms Workshop. The schedule is available on MyAACPS-PD (formerly ERO). If you are within one year of retirement and are considering retiring, we recommend you attend both programs. Important: first obtain an estimate of your benefit by completing MSRA form 9 and submitting it to the State promptly. The estimate takes 8-10 weeks to process. The information is critical to help you make important decisions as you prepare your application for retirement.  Here are links to MSRA forms.

     

     

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  • Job Description Library

    Posted by Kathy Orndorff on 11/1/2016

    The online Job Description Library (JDL) can be accessed via the Intranet.  It is designed to allow:

    • employees to search and view active job descriptions online,
    • managers to create new job descriptions,
    • managers to edit and submit job description changes, and
    • HR to track and store historical job descriptions.  

    The following Help documents are available in the JDL:

    • Job Aids ("How-To" Guides:  View, Edit, Create, or Reclassification)
    • Job Description Templates
    • Job Level Guidelines

    For assistance, contact the JDL Administrator, Davetta Henderson, at djhenderson1@aacps.org or call 410-222-5088.

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  • Employment Verification

    Posted by Payroll on 10/1/2016

    Are you buying or refinancing a home? Need a car loan? Direct your lender to use The Work Number to obtain verification of your employment/salary.  Tell your lender the code for AACPS is 10599.  Instructions are available.  There is also a handy flyer.   

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  • Fraud, Waste and Abuse

    Posted by HR Investigations on 9/1/2016

    AACPS has a Fraud, Waste and Abuse reporting hotline number that employees and citizens of Anne Arundel County can call to report potential instances where they believe fraud, waste or abuse of AACPS property or resources is taking place. The toll free fraud hotline number is 1-888-484-1169. It can be reached 24 hours a day. All calls are confidential and can be made anonymously.

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